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    Sprint CEO says Pre deal is longer than six months | Wireless - CNET News

    NEW YORK--Verizon Wireless's claims that it will be offering the Palm Pre within six months are not accurate, says Sprint Nextel's CEO Dan Hesse.

    "They need to check their facts," Hesse said in an interview at a press event here to launch the Palm Pre. "That just is not the case. Both Palm and Sprint have agreed not to discuss the length of the exclusivity deal. But I can tell you it's not six months."

    Last week, Lowell McAdam, CEO of Verizon Wireless was quoted by Reuters as saying that over the next six months consumers could expect to see devices "like the Palm Pre and a second-generation Storm" on its network.

    AT&T's CEO Randall Stephenson also said last week that he hoped to have the Palm Pre on the AT&T network when the exclusivity deal with Sprint ended.

    The Pre, which was announced in January at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, is expected to be Sprint's flagship smartphone. And the company has high hopes that the device, which will be sold only on Sprint's network starting Saturday, would help the troubled carrier improve its image and retain customers who might be tempted to defect to AT&T for the iPhone. Early reviews of the product have been positive with many reviewers, including CNET's own Bonnie Cha, calling the phone a good alternative to iPhone.

    But claims that the Pre exclusivity deal with Sprint would only last six months had thrown cold water on expectations for what the Pre could do for Sprint.
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    Awesome. Sprint needs an iphone like deal with Palm. I am just not sure Palm can survive it unless Sprint really subsidizes them hardcore.
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    Maybe their relying on language "devices like the Palm Pre." Verizon instead will get a Palm Pre like device with 16GB, expandable storage and a video recorder... '-)
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    Interesting. I wonder if theres some spin going on. Verizon said devices "like the Pre" which could mean a different model at least. They should have been more specific. It could just be an attempt to keep people from switching to Sprint.

    I bet if within these next 6 months the Pre becomes a big seller, Sprint will possibly lock up the Pre even longer.
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    My guess....

    The Palm Pre likely has closer to a year exclusive contract with Sprint with the option to extend.

    however

    PALM and the WebOS have no such deal, and something like the Eos will likely show up on three or four of the major U.S. Carriers.

    My guess would be that essentially Palm is promising to Sprint that their "Flagship" top of the line phon will be on Sprint, with their "webOS centro" type "budget" device being what they ship off to the other carriers.
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    Eh...who cares?

    Other WebOS devices will be on other carriers just as Sprint and Verizon will get Android devices this year.

    As far as I'm concerned, I pay for a phone ONCE (I know your service "subsidizes" the price to some extent, but you know what I mean), and I pay for service EVERY MONTH. That's the far more important part of the equation, and Sprint's great Georgia service + healthy corporate discounts + great prices = I ain't leavin'.
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    VZW is just saying they're getting it in 6 months to keep people from leaving them and waiting for it..

    i bet they are in a panic now and all those VZ customers will start banging on their door demanding some answers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crawform View Post
    Maybe their relying on language "devices like the Palm Pre." Verizon instead will get a Palm Pre like device with 16GB, expandable storage and a video recorder... '-)
    more likely the Pixy/Eos...
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    Good for Sprint.
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    "Like the Palm Pre" is not THE Palm Pre. Pretty apparent to me. Hesse says they should check their facts. He should check what they really said.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crawform View Post
    Maybe their relying on language "devices like the Palm Pre." Verizon instead will get a Palm Pre like device with 16GB, expandable storage and a video recorder... '-)
    Lol. What is this...Bizarro World? Verizon are infamous device cripplers, not enhancers. Their version of the Pre would probably have 4GB, no WiFi, an underclocked processor, and red vomited all over the interface.

    Oh, and don't forget VZ Navigator! (no matter how hard you will try, you will NOT forget it...)
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    Like the palm pre - if it isn't called a Palm, or has WebOS .. then it's defiantly not like it.

    so WTF are they talkin' about Willis?
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    Quote Originally Posted by notabun View Post
    Interesting. I wonder if theres some spin going on. Verizon said devices "like the Pre" which could mean a different model at least. They should have been more specific. It could just be an attempt to keep people from switching to Sprint.

    I bet if within these next 6 months the Pre becomes a big seller, Sprint will possibly lock up the Pre even longer.
    Well, duh. It was an attempt by Verizon to throw some water on Sprint's parade. But every carrier will have their own WebOs based device so I didn't even see the need for Verizon's CEO comments.
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    I could care less about the Eos. I'll laugh if people hold out for a Pre on another network only to find out down the road they could only get an Eos. I think Sprint is going to regain some positive opinions of their network, etc. due to the Pre.
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    Righto, does Sprint have more than 6 months with WebOS or Pre? There might be another WebOS device in the works other than Pre that Verizon plans to carry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by galavanter View Post
    "Like the Palm Pre" is not THE Palm Pre. Pretty apparent to me. Hesse says they should check their facts. He should check what they really said.
    They said what they said and mainstream media across the country printed headlines Verizon To Get Palm Pre n Six Months

    I'm glad Hesse corrected the record.
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    its dumb for them not to say how long...if people know its at least a year, theyre less like to hold out and would go for sprint... but if theyre unsure and think it may be q1 2010, they'll probably hold out for their own company, not sprint
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    Quote Originally Posted by rs4ftw View Post
    well how can it be Like the palm pre - it's obviously not like it if it isn't called a Palm, or has WebOS ..
    You wanna edit this a little?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikah912 View Post
    As far as I'm concerned, I pay for a phone ONCE (I know your service "subsidizes" the price to some extent, but you know what I mean), and I pay for service EVERY MONTH. That's the far more important part of the equation, and Sprint's great Georgia service + healthy corporate discounts + great prices = I ain't leavin'.
    Its definitely smarter to chose the network first and then the phone. I won't be leaving my network either. However, its not Sprint so there is no Pre in my immediate future. OTOH Aside from the web browser, PalmOS works quite well for me and the PalmOS web browser handles mobile friendly sites quite well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikah912 View Post
    Lol. What is this...Bizarro World? Verizon are infamous device cripplers, not enhancers. Their version of the Pre would probably have 4GB, no WiFi, an underclocked processor, and red vomited all over the interface.
    Its true, Verizon takes a decent phone and turns it into crap. That's one reason I left them. AT&T did something similar to the E71x but you can still use an unmolested e71 on their network.
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